How to Repair an XBox 360 Hard Drive

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When the Xbox 360 hard drive starts to fail, there is not much software that can fix the problem. In most cases, hard drive repair for this console will involve replacing it with a new hard drive with the custom firmware supplied by Microsoft. Use the hard drive specifically designed for the Xbox 360. A normal SATA hard drive can be used, but the user must load the firmware onto the device himself.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • New Xbox 360 hard drive
  • Torx screwdriver (not magnetised)
  • Place to store the small screws that are easily lost

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  1. 1

    Remove the hard disk drive cover from the console. This will give you access to the old Xbox 360 hard drive. The hard disk drive cover on many Xbox 360 models pops off fairly easily.

  2. 2

    Pull the hard drive case out of the Xbox 360. Be sure to pull it quickly and straight, because the hard drive can be saved for extra space or be used as an extra hard drive in a desktop PC that uses a SATA hard drive.

  3. 3

    Unscrew the hard drive from the case using the Torx screwdriver. Once all the screws have been removed from the hard drive, slip the old hard drive out. Place the screws in the small tray to prevent losing them.

  4. 4

    Slip the new hard drive in the case and use the torx screwdriver to attach it to its base. Insert the new hard drive in its case into the Xbox carefully. Put the case in straight and do not force it. If any pins are bent, the hard drive may become unusable.
    If the problem with the old hard drive was not caused by physical damage, the older hard drive can be used as a spare or reformatted for use in a computer with SATA drive controllers.

  5. 5

    Replace the Xbox 360 Cover and power the unit on. The new hard drive should be ready to run. If the user decided to use a standard hard drive, he will need to load the firmware onto a flash drive and place the new hard drive into his computer to load the Microsoft Xbox 360's custom firmware.

Tips and warnings

  • You can save money by buying a standard SATA hard drive and using your desktop to install the needed firmware. You will need a flash drive and the HP flash drive boot utility to do this.
  • Using a magnetised screwdriver can erase the data on the hard drive.

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